Anyone here play Reminder Rib grips?

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Anyone here play Reminder Rib grips?

I recently  read a statement saying that about 80 % of PGA Tour players are currently using grips with a Reminder Rib built into the rubber. Do you even know what that is and what it does. I also see that Golf Pride is selling their MCC grips with this feature which they call ALIGN. Nice looking grip with the half cord design that I really perfer. While I have those Nippon shafts out of the heads and the grips removed, I'm thinking I'll play around with adding a reminder rib to the shafs before I install the grips and see how I like the feel of them compated to normal round grips. I HAD a set of Sand wrap grips installed on my very first set of cheap irons when I first starting playing golf 19 years ago and I liked the grips. Never used them again as they are not available in most grip designs today. 

For those of you that do not know what a rib grip is, it's basically a thin steel wire built into the rubber grip the runs down the bottom side of the grip. The small RIDGE makes it easy to know when the clubhead is square to the target when you set up for a short. and that helps the gofler to hit online to the target better. You can FEEL the Ridge in your hands and you know you have the clubface aimed where it belongs at setup. While I do NOT have any grips with the rib in them. I do have some 1/16th inch steel rod that I can use for the rib. Just have to install the 1/16th" rod at the exact bottom side of the shaft and hold it in place before installing the grip tape and it should work just fine. Time will tell if I can make this work while using some of the grips I already have on hand. No sense buying the MCC grips at $11.00 each when I have plenty of new grips in my shop that I can use with the addition of a small piece of steel rod as the rib. 

Scott Rushing
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Interesting. No, had never

Interesting. No, had never heard of it... I seem to recall grips that would act as some sort of training grip were illegal for USGA play...but never thought about something like this  So would this feature annoy one when you're trying to open or close the club face to shape a shot?

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DON
HI SCOTT

If you want to see what these type of grips are like, go to Golf Pride's site and check out the ALIGN grips. Come in the MCC grips and maybe some other models as well. 

I do not think it would annoy someone when opening or closeing the face to shape a shot. What it would DO, would be to LET you know how much the face is open or closed by the feel of the rib under your fingers. Should make it a bit easier to open the face the SAME amount from shot to shot going by the feel in your hands. 

Not sure when I will get around to installing a rib on the shaft of some clubs before I re-grip the clubs, so it might be awhile before I can get back to your with my feeling on how they work. I have to believe that is about 80% of tour players are using this feature in the grips of their clubs, it must NOT be hurting them too much. More like helping I would think or they wouldn't being using them. I'll let you know what I find when I get a chance to try it on my clubs. 

Don

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Hi Scott. Check out this link to new grips with the rib built into them. There are others you might like more, but these are less money than some of the others and are excellent quality grips from Lambkin, which is one of my favorite brands of grips. The Golf Pride MCC with the ALIGN feature are a LOT more money, but if you like them more, that's up to you. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Interesting..yeah from the

Interesting..yeah from the picture can't tell the line is there.  So yeah maybe it could not affect you if you needed to alter the grip/hand position.

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've figure out a way to make

've figure out a way to make a standard round grip into t Rib grip by adding a small steel rod to the underside of the shaft and then slide the grip over the shaft. Will get the new clubs done soon with the Rib grips and see if I like the final results. 

Don

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DON
Really LIKE the feel of the Rib grip

Well, it took a few trys to figure out the best way to add the rib to the underside fo the shaft to make a standard round grip into one that works like the Ribbed grips. My first plan did NOt work at all so I had to come up with a better idea and that one worked out GREAT. Biggest issue was how to get the rib EXactly where it needs to be, right in the center of the underside of the shaft. Figured out a way to find the exact center of the shaft after a bit if thinking, and when I tried it it worked out perfectly. So I added a 1/116" diameter wire rod to the underside of the shaft and held it in place with 3 pieces of masking tape. Then I added the layer of Grip Tape to the shaft and it was ready for the grip to go on. Everything worked out exactly as planed and now I have a set of irons with a rib down the center of the underside of the grip, just like the expensive grips they sell. Since I already had a couple dozen new grips sitting in a box ready to use, my idea not only worked out well, but it saved me a lot of money at the same time. ONE added bonus of my idea, is that the RIB stays on the shaft when the grip wears out and I need to replace it with a new one. NO need to buy new Rib grips again. More money saved. The other benefit of my idea is that ANY style of grip one might perfer, can be converted into the Rib design even if no one makes that style with a rib. My all time favorite grip is no longer being sold, but I can convert the ones I have on hand into the Rib design and have the best of both. The grip I like best with the rib design that I like the feel of in my hands. All at little to no additional cost to me since I already have the grips. 

Bpttom line is that it does take a bit of time and effect to add the rib to the shaft, but if you have the skill to re-grip your own clubs now, this added work is NOT too much for most of you if you decide to try it out. We got 6 inches of snow over the weekend so it will be a few days before I can get out and hit the new irons with the Rib grips. but if they perform as well as they feel in my hands, I think I'll be very happy with the end results. 

Don

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DON
LOVE the Rib grip

I got out yesterday to hit some balls with the new AP2 iron set with the RIB grips and really love the feel of the grips. Very easy to pickup a club and get the grip right so the face is square with the toe pointing straight up in the air. Nice feeling to know the face is whare I want it without really having to look at the clubhead. Felt good during the swing as well. I just removed the grip from one of my fairway woods and added a Rib to the shaft and installed a new half cord grip so it will match the feel of the irons with the rib grips. Should be fun to try it out again next week to see if it works as well on a wood as they do on the irons. Might have to change ALL my clubs to the Rib style grips. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.